Research-Technology Management

Magazine for managers of research, development, and technology implementation.

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 2, March-April

Boom-Bust: New Paradigm for EE Jobs. (Perspectives: News and Views of the Current Research Technology Management Scene)
The debate in Washington about whether the United States is producing and importing enough scientific and engineering talent is on the 2003 legislative agenda, with issues like setting the H-1B work visa level and homeland security R&D high on...
Frontier Experiences from Industry-Academia Consortia: Corporate Roadmappers Create Value with Product and Technology Roadmaps
A roadmap, in its most general definition, is the view of a group of stakeholders as to how to get where they want to go--to achieve their desired objective. The purpose of a roadmap is to help the group make sure the right capabilities are in place...
How Six Sigma Improves R&D. (Managers at Work)
Many people claim that Six Sigma is not useful in research. For instance, in a recent Quality Digest article, Dick Dusharme quoted author and quality consultant Thomas Pyzdek as stating that he would never apply Six Sigma to research because it would...
Linking Technological Change to Business Needs: Roadmapping Offers a Systematic Approach for the Pharmaceutical-Biotechnology Industry to Target Technology Investments in the Drug Delivery Process
The field of genomics (the study of an organism's hereditary material, deoxyribonucleic acid) was created in 1990 when the Human Genome Project was initiated. The project has been compared in scope and complexity to the Manhattan project and the moon...
Pete Hires a Faker. (the Human Side)
The following hypothetical human resources issue has, like so many of its ilk, no "correct" solution. To help your colleagues deal with such a situation, please tell us how you would resolve it. We'll print as many as space permits. The Editor "Pete...
Piloting the Rocket of Radical Innovation: Selecting the Right People for the Right Roles Dramatically Improves the Effectiveness of New Business Development
For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function.... Having gifts that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them (2). If we get the right people in the right job, we've won the game--Jack Welch...
Project Portfolio Management
EIRMA Working Group 59, 2002; Available to IRI and EIRMA members from EIRMA, 34, rue de Bassano 75008, Paris, France, www.eirma.asso.fr This report by an EIRMA Working Group (chaired by A.V.A. Lombard, division vice president research, Nalco Europe...
R&D Investment Trends: U.S. Needs More High-Tech. (One Point of View)
The economy of the United States remains the largest single performer of R&D; it excels in more high-tech product and services markets than any other single economy. However, the U.S. share of total world R&D is shrinking as more nations increase...
Roadmapping-Agent of Change: Implementation of a Technology Roadmapping Process Resulted in the Systematic Integration of Technology Management Processes within Rockwell Automation
Eight years ago, Rockwell Automation began a journey, detailed in this article, to redefine and enhance its technology management processes. The goal was to enable better planning and adaptation to changing market conditions. The journey required patience,...
Roadmapping in the Corporation: Product-Technology Roadmaps Define and Communicate Product and Technology Strategy along with a Longer, Smarter View of the Future
In a corporation, an important need for roadmapping is at the product-line level. Product-Technology Roadmaps in the corporate setting are used to define the plan for the evolution of a product, linking business strategy to the evolution of the product...
Starting-Up Roadmapping Fast: A Company-Specific Process for the Rapid Initiation of Roadmapping Encourages Learning and Staff Involvement, and Identifies Key Issues, Knowledge Gaps and Actions
Technology roadmapping is a powerful technique for supporting technology management and planning in the firm. Although roadmaps can take various forms (1-6), the most common approach is encapsulated in the generic type proposed by EIRMA (6). The generic...
Technology Management in China: Wake-Up Call. (Perspectives: News and Views of the Current Research Technology Management Scene)
Where will you soon be able to ride the 19 miles from city center to a brand new international airport in 8 minutes (at 267 miles per hour on a mag-lev train)? Which country will likely be the third in the world to launch a man into space? Where...
U.S.-Japan Project Could Be Model for Cooperative Technology Development. (Perspectives: News and Views of the Current Research Technology Management Scene)
A seven-year-old project between the United States and Japan, just completed, has shown that international cooperation in R&D can stimulate the creation of marketable products in highly competitive industries. So successful has the project proven...